At noon in summer or at 10 am in winter, your guide will pick you up from your hotel. You will head for Huanghuacheng (or Huanghua Great Wall). The drive usually takes 2 hours.
Going to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, you have four things to do at least. First, you should take photos. Since the lake breaks this section of the Great Wall into three segments naturally, its uniqueness might surprise you. And the Huanghuacheng Reservoir lies here, shaped like a curved moon. Second, visit the chestnut garden under the Great Wall, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. The ancient chestnut trees still grow very well. Third, climb up the steepest section of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Shibadeng. It is like a dragon, ready to fly into the blue sky. Fourth, look at Yaoziyu Castle. It was built in the Ming Dynasty, still well preserved. In the castle, there is an ancient Chinese scholar tree. It is said that touching it could bring you a blessing.
The highest point of the wall is a broken watchtower, and from there, you will have a broad panoramic view of the whole valley. From this summit, the Wall dives steeply downwards into the valley. Over the top of the passageway is another watchtower where we will rest a short while before continuing. On the inside of the gate, you will notice three large characters carved in the stone, indicating the name of the village – ZhuangDaoKou. On the outside is written the name of the passageway - “ZhenNuPass” - meaning “Defeat to Invaders”, a warning to potential attackers in ancient times.
From here, we will continue to trek westward, climbing towards the broken wall to our destination, a peak overlooking Xishuiyu Lake. From our vantage point, we will see a real treat, the broken wall running underwater! From this point, the wall is in too bad a condition to walk, so we will follow a delightful mountain trail to Xishuiyu village to descend.
We will go to the farm inn called "Times of the Ancient Pass," where we will have a gourmet country-style Chinese dinner. All the vegetables are planted here, and all the poultry is raised here locally.
Upon sunset arrives, you may walk for just 10 minutes back to the Wall to catch the magnificent views from a watchtower. When it is dark, you will walk for only 10 minutes around the tower to spend the night camping.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner in the local restaurants
Bottled Water: Unlimited
Accommodations:Camping at Huanghuacheng Great Wall
If camping is not your choice, you may overnight in a home inn at the foot of the Great Wall.